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Airport Community Network

At Manchester Airport, we recognise the power of partnership.

Airport Community Network

Members of the Network include Manchester Airports Group, World Duty Free, Enterprise Rent a car, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Greater Manchester Police, UK Border Force, Galliford Try, NATS, Singapore Airlines, Holiday Inn Express, Marriott Hotel, AECOM, Laing O'Rourke, BAM, Jet2.com, UPS, MediaFour, DHL, BCEGI, SSP, ASIG and First Trans Pennine Express.

Our network has an innovative vision to support the efforts of staff to develop projects that benefit the local community. We have summarised some of our work below and in our newsletter to keep up to date visit our Facebook Page.   

Dragons Den

Competing schools from across the North West are challenged to develop a gift for family or friends retailing for £5 or less. The teams set themselves up as a virtual business, design a gift, work out how to manufacture it, purchase materials, market and sell the product, and produce accounts. There are opportunities to develop key skills for each team member.

Businesses that are members of the Airport Community Network provide mentors to each of the participating schools, supporting the teams and encouraging them throughout the process, along with a business set-up loan of £100, which schools had to pitch for in a presentation to the Dragons in The Den.

Once the loan is secured students are encouraged to go and sell their product. The winning team, announced at the grand finale at the Holliday Inn Express, is the team that has raised the most money.

Products created in the past have included Christmas decorations, reindeer sweetie packs, headphone hats, Christmas cookie sets, handmade soap and keyrings.

A team of pupils from St Anthony's Catholic High School won the overall prize in 2017, with their Manchester Bee Christmas tree decoration.

The team made more than £6,181 attending numerous sales opportunities.

A total of over £20,234 profit was made by all of the schools who took part, which was shared between St Ann’s Hospice, the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital and East Cheshire Hospice.

For more information and to enter the 2018 Competition please see the 2018 Airport Community Network Dragons Den brochure.

Airport Academy

The Academy combines the delivery of key business benefits (creating a sustainable business positioned to grow), it supports and inspires local people to work with us in the future and engages our colleagues.

WOW Days

Many children would like to know more about working at the airport, and, to help them to understand the variety of work we do, we have developed a series of World of Work (WOW) days which are delivered twice a year at local schools.

On the day, the school becomes an airport as teams of staff from airport-based employers hold fun interactive sessions in class. The day broadens horizons and gives pupils the opportunity to talk to a variety of professionals about the range of careers options at Manchester Airport. 

Job Shadow

Year 10 students from five local High Schools/Academies spend a morning/afternoon (respectively) job shadowing. Students have the opportunity to select from different opportunities across our business and those of our Airport Community Network partners.